Report scams to the FTC online or by phone.
How to protect your personal information from identity thieves.
Your credit report affects your ability to get a loan or job, and could help you avoid identity theft. You can get a truly free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com.
Tips for dealing with robocalls.
You can get a truly free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com.
Reduce telemarketing calls by registering your phone number for free at DoNotCall.gov.
Take a these steps to regain control after identity theft.
Understand your rights when dealing with debt collectors.
Help limit damage from identity theft with a few quick actions.
What you can to avoid, detect and get rid of viruses and spyware.
This video describes how consumers can evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping.
Many everyday activities allow businesses access to information about you.
Be aware of the warning signs and hang up on phone fraud.
Don't pay for the promise for a job. Learn how to avoid job scams.
If an ad claims a work-at-home business can make you rich quick, you’re probably looking at a scam
Don't wire money to someone you don't know.
Want to lose weight? Don't believe ads promising quick and easy weight loss without any diet or exercise.
If a telemarketer asks for money or account information to collect a "prize," hang up. It's a scam.
Read the fine print — or free trials can wind up costing you.
Illegal robocalls are the rise and the FTC is working to solve the problem.
This video shows what happens when one person gets a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com and someone else gets a “free” credit score from a TV ad.
If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales message — hang up
Know your rights when employers check your background.
Here’s why you don’t want to pay fees to a business that promises to lower your monthly car payment or help stop a repossession.
Steps to take right away if your identity has been stolen.
Don't be fooled — or robbed — by dishonest promises to save your home from foreclosure.
This video shows what happens when someone gets a payday loan but can’t pay it back right away.
Young people learn the key concepts of advertising, competition and other consumer topics in a virtual mall setting.
If you need cash fast, you may have options besides expensive payday loans.
This video shows what happens when someone makes just the minimum payment on a credit card balance.
There is an unexpected visitor at someone's home.
This video explains how ID theft can affect clients of legal services attorneys, social workers, and other advocates, and how to use Taking Charge and the Guide for Assisting Identity Theft Victims to resolve problems.
Phishers are looking to lure you with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. Will you take the bait or live to swim another day?
Con artists sometimes impersonate government officials to trick you into sending money.
AnnualCreditReport.com is the only authorized source to get your free credit report under federal law.
Business “opportunities” often don't live up to the hype. Take your time and ask questions before you consider an investment.
Steps you can take to safeguard your child's personal information against identity theft.
Clues that someone may have stolen your identity.
Practical tips to increase your gas mileage.
If you want to know how bright a light bulb is, look at its lumens.
This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.
If you have to pay a fee in advance for a guaranteed loan or credit card — you’re dealing with a rip-off.
Learn the signs of a business opportunity scam.
Don't believe ads that claim you can start an online business without much work or money.
Knowing the rules of the U.S. Diversity Lottery can help you avoid a scam.
FTC attorney Kati Daffan shares five strategies for fighting illegal robocalls in this video produced by the GSA.
Before you research travel offers, prepare yourself. Read these trip tips.
A counterfeit check can take weeks to discover — and cost you a bundle.
Identify and avoid job and business opportunity scams.
Wiring money is like sending cash — once it’s gone, you can't get it back.
Learn how to identify scams promising treatments for cancer.
Scammers may pretend to represent charities to take advantage of your generosity.
Scammers may pretend to be your relatives or friends, urging you to wire money immediately to help them with an emergency.
Answer questions about health products and information online.
Internet hoaxes spread when we share first and ask questions later.
Use these computer security tips to help protect your computer and your personal information.
Here are some tips to make sure your charity contributions are put to good use.
An online love interest who lures you from a dating site and asks for money is probably a scam artist.
If a company asks you to pay them for a guaranteed job placement, you're likely dealing with a scam.
Tips to help you save energy — and money — in your home.
Having trouble paying your mortgage? Learn how to avoid foreclosure rescue scams and get real help.
Looking for a great product at a great price? These tips can help.
Can you spot spam scams?
There is an unexpected visitor at a store.
Recognize and report scammers who falsely promise help with immigration.
If you use public Wi-Fi networks, take these steps to protect your personal information.
Learn to tell the difference between a legitimate travel deal and a travel trick.
This video shows what happens when someone gets a prepaid card without checking out the fees first.
Protect your computer from spyware and viruses that can cause it to run slowly or give fraudsters access to your personal information.
This video shows what happens when someone learns the hard way why she should care about her identity.
Look out for fees hidden in "free" trial offers.
Identify ads and understand their messages
Your identity's been stolen! Luckily, this time you just need to correctly answer some questions on protecting your identity to get it back.
An expert explains the inner workings of business opportunity telemarketing scams.
Check your monthly statements for unexpected charges. This will help you avoid paying for things you didn't buy.
Talk to your kids about staying safe online.
Notarios are not authorized by the U.S. to help with immigration.
NCPW.gov is the one site on the web with free consumer information from federal agencies, state governments, consumer organizations and local consumer protection authorities.
When shopping for light bulbs, look at lumens instead of watts. The more lumens, the brighter the light.
Learn how to protect yourself and your personal information online.
Don't pay someone to help you with immigration unless they are authorized by the U.S. government.
Get legitimate help in completing immigration forms.
Consumer Sentinel is a nationwide system for law enforcement to track consumer complaints.
Learn the techniques advertisers use to relate to audiences.
Test your online shopping smarts and learn if you can spot a risky offer
Tips for getting immigration help.
Medical discount plans are not health insurance. In fact, many of these plans are scams.
Questions to ask before wiring money to friends or family in another country.
Stop wireless hackers by answering these wireless security questions.
Protect the wireless network in your home.
Kids can stop cyberbullies by standing up for themselves or someone else.
An unexpected visitor arrives at the office.
Be sure the information on your immigration form is accurate before you sign.
Use Admongo in the classroom to teach kids about advertising.
Scammers can rob you of money — and your chance to immigrate.
Evaluate online reviews and recommendations when shopping.
Learn how to tell fact from fiction when it comes to weight loss products.
The things kids post online could have an impact on people in the real world.
Understand who the advertiser is and why they want you to take a specific action.
This video describes the FTC Robocall Challenge and introduces one of the winners.
Young people learn to identify ads and their messages
Young people identify the messages within ads.
You've already lost one laptop, Agent Smith. Your job's on the line if it happens again. Make wise choices this time, and it's mission accomplished.
Helps kids learn why and how to stay safe online.
Teaches kids how to protect themselves online with privacy settings and good online practices.
Young people learn the meaning behind ads.
Test your peer-to-peer file-sharing smarts
Test your savvy when it comes to making friends online.
Get a glimpse of your future as your investing intelligence is put to the test.
Enter the world of Admongo to get "aducated" about ads and their messages.
Put your online auction know-how to the test.
This video shows how someone compares the costs when choosing a place open savings and checking accounts.
Promote the We Don’t Serve Teens message by asking your local radio station to run this 30 second public service announcement.
This video shows how keeping a budget helps someone pay all his bills.
Promote the We Don’t Serve Teens message by asking your local radio station to run this 15 second public service announcement.
This video shows how someone gets into trouble with an immigration consultant – and then out of trouble again.
This video shows how easy it is to start a conversation about scams and how to protect yourself from them.
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